The Patton Family Collection consists of 156 glass plate negatives, 218 film negatives, 875 photographs, and a negative book,
1885-1945 (bulk 1895-1907), created and/or collected by members of the
Patton family and friends. The collection provides an intimate look into the private lives of one of Southern California's
prominent families around the turn of the twentieth century.
In 1844, Benjamin D. Wilson, second Mayor of Los Angeles, married Ramona Yorba, daughter of Bernardo Yorba, a well-known land
owner during California's Mexican period. After Ramona's death, Wilson married Margaret S. Hereford in 1853. He was the
father of one son and three daughters. Mariona Wilson married James DeBarth Shorb (1842-1896) and Ruth Wilson married George
Smith Patton (1856-1927) (one-time District Attorney of Los Angeles and the first Mayor of San Marino) on December 10, 1884.
Ruth and George sired two children, George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) or "Georgie" and Anne Wilson Patton (1887-1971) or
"Nita." George Smith Patton, Jr., General in the United States Army, became famous in World War II as "Old Blood and Guts."
16 boxes (7.73 linear feet)
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material,
nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and
obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Advance arrangements for viewing negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs. The collection is open to qualified
researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.